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Bronze Age daggers were NOT status symbols, study claims 

For decades, it’s been thought bronze age daggers were used as symbols of identity and status for people living as long as 6,000 years ago.

Now, a new study led by the Newcastle University shows that they were in fact used for butchering and carving animal carcasses.

By analysing Bronze Age daggers previously recovered from Pragatto, Italy, they found traces of animal residue suggestive of cutting ‘bone, muscle and tendons’. 

First appearing in the early 4th millennium BC, copper-alloy daggers were widespread in Bronze Age Europe including Britain and Ireland, but archaeologists have long debated what they were used for. 

Analysis of Bronze Age daggers has shown that they were used for processing animal carcasses and not as non-functional symbols of identity and status, as…


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